About Sapori D’ Italia
Gasper and Maria Manno, opened Saproi d’ Italia in the Winter of 2009.
With an extensive back ground in restaurant management and culinary arts, Gasper and Maria have built Sapori d’ Italia into a highly-rated restaurant on both Yelp and Trip Advisor serving authentic Italian dishes along with an extensive selection of wood-fired pizza.
In January of 2013 Sapori d’Italia was featured on Restaurant Impossible and has since been named the highest viewed program on the award winning series.
Born in Sicily, Maria and Gasper moved to the US in their teens with their respective families. As with so many Italian families, both built their lives in the New York City area.
Fate brought Maria and Gasper together years later while attending college in New York City. They met one another through the Italian Club on campus. Married 36 years they have two adult sons; David who is currently the sous chef at Sapori and Jonathan the next generation pizzaiolo.
Sapori d’ Italia truly is a family restaurant. Relying on recipes that have been handed down from their Italian ancestors; Maria and Gasper take pride in using the freshest ingredients to create their signature Italian meals and traditional Sicilian delicacies.
Authenticity and quality are the pillars of Sapori d’ Italia, from fresh house-made pasta and mozzarella to the San Marzano tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese imported from Italy, each and every detail is overseen by the Mannos.
The moment you walk through the front door you are warmly greeted by Maria as if you are a long awaited old friend. While Maria manages the front of the house, she is also the pastry artist behind the mouth-watering desert selections.
Gasper oversees the kitchen and is the “pizzaiolo” behind the authentic wood-fired pizza. The pizzas are prepared and baked in the heart of the restaurant in a custom built stone oven imported from Italy. A favorite spot among regulars, the pizza oven is surrounded by a pizza bar allowing restaurant guests a first-hand view into the art of making pizza.
The Sapori d’ Italia team works passionately each day to provide a unique and unforgettable experience for all of their guests. They want each and every guest to feel as if they are dining in their homes.